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Joanne Wallace

Joanne Wallace

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Drawing from a background in forest and environmental policy and operations, and over 20 years in parallel roles in emergency management, Jo Wallace is used to complexity. She applies creativity and knowledge of the field to develop water emergency strategy and response processes.   

Jo’s journey through COVID-19 and the 2019-20 bushfires in the role as Principal Adviser Emergency Strategy & Improvement, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) in Victoria involved working with networks of government colleagues, industry and emergency agencies to forecast risks and devise response strategies, or to adopt solutions to unexpected obstacles. There were minimal disruptions to the water sector during these recent emergency events, however, the experience provided insights into the strengths and learnings by the water sector, that Jo will present at AFAC21.   

Jo is constantly learning and holds a forest science degree, post-graduate degree in economics and a master’s degree in policy from Murdoch University, the University of Melbourne and Kings College London. She is committed to achieve more integrated emergency management and to strengthening individual and society resilience.